Geetika Saigal is a Corporate Leader turned Entrepreneur turned Writer, by profession. A firm believer in self-created destiny, her Debut work, Finding Your G-Spot, is a raw & real approach to re-discovering your real self, re-aligning your thoughts and re-vamping your life.
It’s received accolades from leaders in different walks of life, including leading Journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai, who calls it “A self-help book like no other: soul-stirring, thought provoking, an unapologetic account of what brings you down and how to get back up.”
It’s made it to No. 1 on Amazon Bestseller List and continues to receive warm reviews from readers daily.
Geetika is now further reaching her readers via Mentoring sessions, which can be applied for by anyone, from her website and can also be Invited as a Keynote Speaker at your Corporate Events, Colleague Sessions or College/Institutes.
We will talk with Geetika about her book ‘Finding Your G-Spot’.
What is the story behind your book. Where did you get your idea for the book?
It’s only when I stopped doing everything, did I realise what I wanted to do.
I was 40 (ouch that hurt!). I had been through shutting down my business venture, something that I was emotionally locked into for years. In the process I had also lost all of my life savings (that’s the fine print at the bottom!). Family expected to me to ‘put it behind me’ and go back to the ‘successful’ corporate career I was flying high on, before that phase.
But my inner voice wouldn’t rest. It didn’t know what I wanted, but it did know what I didn’t want! And that was as good enough a starting point as any.
I decided to take time off. From where I come, and who I am known to be (an obsessively driven person!), a ‘sabbatical’ sounded strange; it was what people who are lost, do or who have too much money to know what they want, but not what ‘sensible grounded smart educated’ people do.
But l don’t like to get boxed.. And so I decided to do something new, I decided to do ‘Nothing’. And slowly, as the noises faded, and the clutter dissolved, I started trying out new things, meeting new people. Writing just came naturally then. It was almost like it had been waiting all this while, politely, in a corner, till I acknowledged the elephant in the room. And boy am I glad I did!
Challenges you faced while writing this book and in your life as an author?
Writing for me is in equal doses draining and cathartic. I write as I feel, as I perceive and as I converse, hence my work is real but raw, in-your-face, no-words-minced 🙂 It’s almost like opening up to your best friend and sharing parts of you and thoughts about life that you wouldn’t share with all. Since the book is straight from the heart and mind and truly without filters, it was akin to handing a piece of me over to the world, making me myself an open book for the world to know.
Once I did pen the book, the challenges faced were radically different! It was more related to ‘how to get my work to the world’ and that purely boils down to business decisions, marketing strategies and monetary constraints!
What is your life mantra?
I live by many.
Be You – It’s better to be your flawed self that a perfect copy of another.
Be Honest – it may not get you what you want, may not take you where you want to go, but it will make you sleep well at night, and that’s way more precious!
Be Alive – don’t just stay alive, be alive, make the most of this one life.
And most of all I believe, that:
Life is Not a Race – it’s Not about the Speed, it’s About the Direction.
What is your writing process like?
I scribble all the time. I like to keep my head free and my diary full!
If you see my Instagram handle, you’ll notice I have my diary in many pics! Sometimes I even pen corny lil’ poems on my phone and save in drafts or a thought that pops into my head and save it in SMS/Email drafts!
But now here’s the thing.
When it’s simply about writing, it’s all about spontaneity, so yeah, as and when, on the spur of the moment, I write. But those are really lil’ nothing notes here-n-there.
If it’s about a book, then I have a schedule. And I follow it daily, as much as possible. It helps keep the focus on the book over all other aspects of life, on output and word-count, on keeping the tempo of the story or narration, and not losing the plot. A schedule helps drive a book to completion!
Writing a book is not simply a creative process, but very much like a targeted project at work that requires discipline.
I know I know…even I was surprised to find this out, but you see, there is a difference between being a writer and being an author.
Creating an entire book, with each character, situation, emotion well-thought out; at the same time keeping it crisp and tight; working on the flow; the twists and turns; yet maintaining to keep that single message throughout…it requires an approach and discipline to your writing.
Anything special about your book that you want to share?
There would be close to 500 reviews across Amazon, Goodreads and Instagram. It’s not simply the number that makes it special, though its stupendous for a Debut book! It’s really about the words put across in the reviews.
To be able to have touched even one person’s life is an amazing feeling, unmatched by any other.
Every single day I get messages, from people I have never met. They tell me how reading Finding Your G-Spot has touched them, affected them and sometimes even changed their lives. They tell me it helped them think more clearly, face their demons, re-discover themselves, cherish the real person inside of them. They tell me how the Do-it-for-Yourself exercises, helped them internalise all that they had assimilated and hence helped put thoughts into action.
Reading all such heart-warming messages has made me launch my website where anyone (yes, anyone!) can reach out to me to Invite me over to address an event, or help mentor them in life, or even to simply talk to help figure out life issues.
According to you, what are the three qualities an author must have to achieve success?
Well, for the first one, don’t think about success!
I’ve written in the book as well, ‘Disassociate yourself from the result. Do it for the journey, not the glory’. When we are trying something new or chasing a dream or working on our passion, the journey will not be a bed of roses. Give your new purpose meaning, do it for the process, cherish the journey, do it despite its pain, despite of all adversities.
In the end too, whether you win or lose, achieve your goals or not, like the new cuisine or puke it out the next morning, master the Salsa dance or realise you prefer only the Salsa with your nachos, you will live to experience new things, learn more about yourself, live a fuller life, cherish moments and build memories, forever.
Second, Pen with Passion. A story can be of any genre – romance, mystery, horror, inspirational, motivational – but it needs to be written with a fervor that comes from an almost-obsession-like passion from the writer. When the writer eats, breathes, sleeps the story…that’s when it will have the power to grab and hold a reader’s attention and illicit the desired emotions, even when they talk about it years later!
And finally, but most importantly, Be You. Discover your own writing style, do not be bogged down by stereo-types. You may admire the work of a famour author, but yourself be a very different kind. Stay true to who you are, don’t try to hard to be good, just be your natural self.
What are your plans for next book?
It’ll come… in time 🙂
I’m a very fast writer, or rather an obsessive one. So once I start, I’ll get immersed in it and it will take shape soon enough.
For now though, I believe Finding Your G-Spot has a lot of work left as yet – to get it to more and more readers. So most of my plans are centred on that one single objective.
What advice do you have for young writers?
Yeah, there’s no better time – Make this your time, your day.
Don’t just aspire. Be.
Don’t think. Just write.
Don’t edit too much. Let your aura linger on in the book.
Don’t write bestsellers. Simply write your best, and then and only then, focus on the selling part!
Share a quote or line that has been your inspiration.
The last line from Finding Your G-Spot:
“The End is Sometimes the Beginning.”